Iraq Vs. Chile :-
Iraq registered their very first win in the FIFA U17 World Cup thanks to a Mohammed Dawood show who helped his side to snatch a convincing 3-0 win over Chile in their second group For game at the Salt Lake Stadium today.
Dawood scored a brace in the 6th and 68th minutes of the game to give his side a much needed win. They are currently holding the second spot with 4 points and are strong contenders to reach the pre-quarterfinal in their second U17 World Cup appearance.
On the other hand Chile who has lost their first two group stage matches are out of the composition with one match left against Mexico.
England has already qualified with 6 points for the pre-quarters and will play the decider about who would top the group For against Iraq on October 14.
Mexico have one point at third place while Chile, having conceded six goals, are out of the tournament as the La Roja are yet to score a goal.
The scoreline would have matched England’s 4-0 thrashing of Chile but their goalkeeper Rodrigo Cancino denied Dawood a deserving hattirck from a penalty in the second-half stoppage time.
The Asian champions did not give their Latin American rivals any chance and it was Dawood who gave the lead with a right-footed shot from a difficult angle.
Dawood made it three goals from two matches, like that of David Sancho of England, when he curled in a freekick to the bottom right corner.
He almost struck a hattrick from the left side of the box but missed the target in the 74th minute as there was no stopping Iraq who became the Asian U-16 champions in Goa last year.
Honduras Vs. New Caledonia :-
Honduras pumped in five goals without reply against tournament debutants New Caledonia to record an emphatic win in their second group game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios struck twice each while Joshua Canales scored the other goal in the Group E match.
Honduras, who had lost to Japan 1-6 in their campaign opener, now have three points from today’s win and they are still contention for a knockout berth. They play against France on October 14 in their final group game.
New Caledonia, on the other hand, are virtually out of the tournament, having suffered a 1-7 thrashing at the hands of France in their opening match. They play Japan on October 14 in their final group game.
The win was Honduras’ biggest at a U-17 World Cup since their first appearance in 2007 in South Korea.
The match at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium began on an even keel but just past the midway point of the first half, the Central Americans took control of the proceedings with two goals in as many minutes.
Mejia scored the first of his two goals in the 25th minute off a Joshua Canales assist. Two minutes later, Canales himself turned scorer as he struck home a brilliant free-kick.
Mejia then got his second goal just before the breather as he converted a Santiago Cabrera cross to put Los Catrachos three goals up at half-time.
The CONCACAF side extended their advantage six minutes after the break through a Palacios header before he got his second goal of the match two minutes from regulation time to secure Honduras’ biggest win at an U-17 World Cup.